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Mr. Hook Mr. Hook

In 1942, Henry K. Ketcham was sworn into the Naval Reserve. Henry was from Washington State, where he had dropped out of college in his freshman year.  He had hitchhiked to Los Angeles, California in 1938 where he lived until he joined The Navy.

Navy poster with artwork by Henry Ketcham Navy poster with artwork by Henry Ketcham

Mr. Hook eyes his target after coming home rich on war bonds Mr. Hook eyes his target after coming home rich from investing in war bonds

The War brought thousands of men like Henry together; Americans who were ready to serve their country in its time of need. Henry was going to fight the Japanese and his weapon would be his pen.
Henry was an animator. He had worked on Woody Woodpecker films until he made it to the big show at Disney, working on films like Bambi, Pinocchio and Fantasia. Studios such as Disney and Warner Brothers threw themselves into supporting the war effort by designing insignias and creating…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on October 11, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Fear makes rational people do terrible things.


  2. That is a great post gpcox, to learn about the face behind the posters was very informative, I do recall Dennis’s father being a Naval man, but to know Henry Ketcham was a part of the Disney productions, that is new for me.
    There must be more behind the scene people like Henry, who contributed in so many diverse ways.


  3. A very interesting post. Cartoons and a sense of humour are vital at all times.


  4. Thank you for this interesting article about Hank Ketcham…a most talented and fascinating gentleman.


  5. ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ A lovely post. It’s nice to see the lighter but still serious side of war.


  6. Thanks for giving credit to those who helped so much to make our lives a little better. People like Ketcham, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Bing Crosby and many others were heroes as much as anybody.


    • Every job in the military serves a purpose, we just don’t think about what goes on behind the scenes as much. Most everyone associates “hero” with guns, killing and where the action is….
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Jim – always glad to see you here.


  7. A cool reminder of Dennis the Menace’s pedigree.


  8. Interesting read about Hank Ketcham’s war career.


  9. Another good choice, gpcox.


  10. Not quite on topic, but: The military continues to have a good investment plan for their warriors. I like that they stress saving for the future and make it easy for members to do that.

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    • I’m sure they know just how quickly the troops can blow through their pay once they’re on leave, etc. Saving is good advice for everyone. Thank you for coming by, Jacqui. I always enjoy your support.


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